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Layton Sports Injury Lawyer

Sports can be a lot of fun, and in Utah, and every season holds its favorites—and with participation comes the higher likelihood of inevitable sports injury claims. From skiing and snowboarding in the winter to swimming and rock climbing in the summer, there are all sorts of perils that come along with being active in Utah’s great outdoors. And while some accidents are the blame of nobody but the participant, that’s not always the case. If you experienced a sports injury due to no fault of your own, you can hold whoever caused your accident responsible for your losses that result. Contact our sports injury attorney as soon as possible following your injury to discuss your case details with our compassionate legal team.

Types of Sports Injuries

There are two basic types of sports injuries: acute and overuse injuries Acute injuries are typically the result of a single, traumatic incident. Some examples of acute sports injuries include:

  • Brain trauma
  • Spinal injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Broken bones/fractures
  • Sprains
  • Muscle strains (especially the hamstring muscle)
  • Shoulder dislocations

Overuse injuries happen over time, and tend to be subtle, making them both difficult to diagnose and treat. Some examples of overuse injuries include:

  • Elbow injuries, such as tennis elbow and youth pitching elbow
  • Knee injuries, including runner’s knee and jumper’s knee
  • Shin splints
  • Achilles’ tendonitis
  • Shoulder injuries, such as swimmer’s shoulder
  • Arthritis
  • Traumatic brain injury resulting from multiple head injuries or concussions

Liability in Sports Injury Claims

It is often the case that a sports-related injury is caused by the negligence of someone else. This may be:

  • A vendor who rents sports equipment or distributes dangerous or faulty equipment
  • A ski lift owner who doesn’t maintain the lift properly
  • A recreational venue that does not provide reasonable notification of any hazardous conditions

Collecting Compensation

Since Utah has a comparative fault rule, this may limit the number of damages you may receive as a result of your sports injury, especially if the third party you filed your personal injury suit against insists that you are partially to blame for your own injuries. If the court rules that you do, in fact, share some of the liability, you may receive only a percentage of the total amount of damages you would have otherwise received. And, if it’s determined that you are 50 percent or more at fault, you may be restricted from collecting any damages at all.

The comparative fault rule, however, may only come into effect if it’s determined that your own actions did indeed contribute to your accident that resulted in your injury. An example would be if you failed to use the sports equipment correctly and suffered an injury as a result of your own negligence, or it’s proven that you were distracted when your accident occurred.

Let Us Help

Although you may feel frustrated and alone in the aftermath of your injury, we’re here to help. Get in touch with our Layton sports injury attorney right away following your accident. We can help you identify potential defendants, and get the ball rolling on your claim. Reach out now for your no-cost, no-obligation case consultation, and review.